Yesterday the House Education Committee amended House Bill 1334 to include language making it illegal for a school employer to honor an employee’s voluntary request to have their union dues deducted from his or her paycheck. The bill does not impact the large number of other entities for which schools will remain able to deduct monies from paychecks – just labor unions.
This is about politics, not public policy. The bill’s author admits that it’s not about costs and it’s clearly not about kids, or student performance. It’s just another attack on workers’ and the unions that give them voice. Only the Indiana Chamber of Commerce testified in support of the language regarding dues. Many spoke in opposition. It’s about politics, not public policy.
It has one purpose and one purpose only – to punish workers and weaken the unions that represent them.
Call your state representative right now at 1-800-382-9842 and tell him/her to oppose HB 1334. (Click here to look up your Representative). Tell them enough is enough. Tell them it’s time to stop the attacks on workers. Tell them it’s time to focus on the real problems facing our state. Tell them it’s time to focus on the kids in our schools – and not the adults. Tell them to oppose HB 1334.
When you hang up, send them an email too. Make sure they hear you. This bill is eligible for final passage in two days. Act now!
The Indiana AFL-CIO